Standardized keyboard shortcut to paste PRIMARY?

Thiago Macieira thiago at
Sun Feb 18 09:06:32 PST 2007

Laurence Darby wrote:
>I'm new to this list... maybe you'll think I'm beating a dead horse
>that is really starting to smell, but IMHO it is still galloping round
>the field.   I spent all yesterday and this morning searching for an
>answer, and found nothing satisfactory.
>Is there a standard that specifies a keyboard shortcut for pasting the
>PRIMARY buffer?

No, I don't think so.

>If not, why not?

Because PRIMARY is a mouse-only thing. You set it with the mouse and you 
paste it with the mouse too.

>Why I want one:
>Reaching for the mouse, moving the mouse to where I want to insert the
>text (which is already where the text cursor is 99% of the time)
>middle-clicking, then moving back to the keyboard again, is getting
>really bloody tiresome.

So use the CLIPBOARD. You can set it by using Ctrl+C and you can paste it 
with the keyboard too. I don't see what your problem is.

If you have the text selected already, just hit Ctrl+C. You don't have to 
move your hand to the keyboard again, unless you're left-handed and 
you're handling your mouse with your left hand.

>Lastly there are managers like klipper which take a whole 20MB ram just
>to make selecting text set the CLIPBOARD, which is semi-acceptable to
>me but breaks CLIPBOARD functionality.

Selecting text = sets PRIMARY
Ctrl+C = sets CLIPBOARD

Those are two separate things and all modern applications follow that. 
Some old ones (like Emacs) will completely ignore CLIPBOARD, though.

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